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Yannick Gingras, last year’s unanimous choice for Driver of the Year, tops the money list again this year, but with a few days left in 2015 he’s $3.7 million and 123 wins short of last year’s record haul—his smallest bankroll since 2011. As a result, hall of famer David Miller, who trails Gingras by more than a million dollars, was voted to the top spot this year. Miller, moved up from the fourth spot in 2014 to number two. He eclipsed the $10 million mark for a record thirteenth time, with his 2015 total of more than $12.3 million being the most the 51-year-old driver has ever earned in one year. Becoming the first driver in the 31-year history of the Breeders Crown to win five of them was the cherry on Miller’s sundae. Moving up from year to year within the top ten is no easy task. Another driver who pulled that off is Jason Bartlett. The 34-year-old Maine native, who won his 6,000 race at the end of October, made the leap from seventh to fourth. 2009 was the only year, Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers, earned more than he did in 2015. Bamond Racing  provided Jason with some serious firepower: He won the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Artiscape with division winner Venus Delight; Krispy Apple won 13 times for $360,000; and PH Supercam had eight wins for $366,000. George Napolitano Jr, who was eleventh on the money list last year, has moved up four spots to number seven. He may have passed on a December battle for the dash title, but he banked $1.4 million more this year. That’s a career mark for wins and money for G-Nap. He stayed put in Pennsylvania, leading all drivers at Harrah’s and Pocono Downs. Napolitano won 100 races at those two tracks in July and 105 in August. His 0.404 UDRS is the highest on the top fifty list. Despite getting a late start on his career, he got win number 7,000 on July 15. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, Chris Oakes and Rene Allard provided many of the winners. The six drivers ahead of Napolitano participated in a lot more Grand Circuit stakes than he did. Dan Dube, who had back surgery three years ago, earned 39% more this year than last year on 120 more wins. The 49-year-old native of Quebec, who drove Gallo Blue Chip and Rock N Roll Heaven, jumped from number 21 to number 10. This was his best year since 2009. The Yonkers regular passed the $100 million mark this year and got his 8,000 win in February. Jimmy Takter, Rene Allard and Scott Di Domenico provided many of the live drives for Dube. He made 89% of his money at Yonkers. Not Afraid, Great Vintage, Daylon Miracle, Red Hot Herbie,  and the undefeated Lucky Chucky filly, Non Stick, were some of his better horses. As usual, Jim Morrill Jr is taking the winter off. The only drivers in the top 45 with fewer drives are John Campbell and Montrell Teague. Still, the Massachusetts native jumped nine spots to number 15. He had 35 fewer wins on 45 more drives, but earned $1.1 million more than he did in 2014. The King of the New York Sire Stakes crushed it again in that program, winning 44 races and earning $1.8 million—34% of his money came out of that program’s coffers. Second place Jason Bartlett was $1.2 million behind Morrill. Joe Larry N Curly, White Rolls, Soft Idea, Habitat and Crazy Wow were a few of his winners. Right behind Morrill is Michigan transplant Tyler Buter. He made 544 more drives this year and bolted from 41 on the 2014 list to number 16. He earned $4.9 million—90% of his bankroll-- at Yonkers, where he finished fifth in the standings. 234 of his 263 wins were there. He was sitting behind Autotune Hanover when he broke his maiden in the Sheppard. The old grey mare, Jonsie Jones, won nine times for $222,000. Zooming, Dream Out Loud N and Backstreet Hanover were other winners for 30-year-old Buter. Chris Page, who at age 32 is a 15-year veteran, stepped up from number 31 to number 23. His earnings on the Ohio circuit went up by $571,000. Chris did very well in that state’s refurbished sire stakes program. The Big Bad John trio, Primo Giovanni, Queen Ann M and Whataboy performed well for him. Ron Burke’s Deep Chip sophomore gelding, I Know My Chip, won seven times for $264,000. Page also drove DWs NY Yank, Clear Vision, Limelight Beach and Larry’s Dude for Burke. He drove Candy’s A Virgin for Brian Brown. Chris won number 3,000 at Dayton late in November. Mark MacDonald, who suffered numerous injuries in a bad racetrack accident in May, 2011, then relocated to Yonkers after missing more than three months at the close of 2011 and beginning of 2012, moved up from number 33 on the earnings list to number 24. He earned $647,000 more and his UDRS moved from 0.201 to 0.240. Sylvain Filion is the only WEG based driver to earn more money in 2015. Mac made 246 more starts this year, 85% of them at Yonkers. Many of his winners paid a price. The FFA trotter, Obrigado, who won the Crawford, was his most lucrative drive. Australian expatriate Andrew McCarthy, who has been driving in North America since 2007, moved up seven spots on the earnings list. He had 11 fewer wins, but banked $445,000 more. This was his best year money-wise as he earned almost $4 million. Ross Croghan, Mark Harder Tony Alagna and Tony O’Sullivan are a few of the trainers he drives for. Wicker Hanover, Outburst, Totally Rusty, She Wore Red and Captive Audience are a few of his drives. Simon Allard stepped up 12 spots, earning a hefty $947,000 more than last year. Brother Rene, the third leading trainer in North America, provided him with plenty of live drives. He was second to George Nap with 236 wins at Pocono Downs. Katie’s Rocker, Big Boy Dreams, Yagonnakissmeornot, Bodacious and National Debt are a few of the horses he drove. Bruce Aldrich Jr, a 47-year-old regular at Monticello and Saratoga, who is fourth in the dash race with 663 wins, jumped 10 spots to number 39. He upped his earnings more than $816,000, as he is having the best year of his 22-year career as a driver. Montrell Teague, who turns 25 next week, made 188 fewer starts and won seven fewer races this year, but he increased his earnings by 60%. Wiggle It Jiggleit was responsible for 60% of the $3.6 million he banked. He was active at the major yearling sales; perhaps he’ll start driving more in 2016. Many drivers remained the same, or made marginal moves: Tim Tetrick went from second to third; Sears went from five to six; Corey Callahan stepped up one spot to five; dash champ Aaron Merriman moves up one spot to 11; Dave Palone drops one to 14; Sylvain Filion remains at 17; Trace Tetrick drops one to 20; Mike Wilder remains at 25; Jordan Stratton up two to 26; Marcus Miller stays at 29; Trevor Henry up one to 38; and Dan Noble up one to 43. And then there are those that fell off a cliff….. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

DAYTON, OH. - It has been a joyous Christmas week at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. With Santa's annual visit just around the corner, the two-year-old track got its present early by establishing new all-time handle records on back-to-back harness racing programs. Tuesday night (December 22) a twelve race card produced at total of $281,353 in wagers, eclipsing the old mark of $238,119. But the bigger (and better) news was Wednesday night (December 23) when the handle soared to $357,603 despite rain throughout the program, including one very heavy thunderstorm that caused a fifteen minute delay for some track surface repairs. "The track is good, better than you could expect," said a mud-covered Chris Page after winning the race immediately following the delay with Leather Betty in 1:56.1. "It's fine," echoed Kayne Kauffman; while Jeremy Smith exclaimed "I have no problem with it. Despite being sloppy, the footing is good." Ohio Harness Horsemens Track Representative Brett Merkle summed it up best: "The track crew worked all day in preparation for the storms they knew were coming, and they took the steps necessary to make sure we could complete the program over a safe surface. They are to be commended on a job well done." Quickest mile of the night belonged to Chattanooga Jim, a four-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding who captured a condition-claiming event for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races in 1:53.1. The recent addition to Hollywood Dayton is owned by A Harris Racing LLC, trained by Chris Short, and was driven by Kauffman. Drivers Trace Tetrick and Tyler Smith, both recent additions to the Hollywood Dayton driving colony following the seasonal closing of Hoosier Park, each scored driving triples, while veteran trot man David Myers fashioned his first driving double of the meet. Racing resumes on Saturday night, December 26, with a strong 14-race card featured three Open events, one for female pacers, one for male pacers and one for top-level trotters. The final three nights of the 75-night meet will be presented Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 28-30, with full-field 14-race programs each evening. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Splitting rivals in the final 100 yards of the race, Fancy Creek Elusiv and harness racing driver Chris Page captured the $10,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (December 19) in a quick 1:51 despite sub-freezing temperatures.  Content to sit third and save ground skimming the pylons through the first seven-eighths of the race, Page found a seam just wide enough to squeeze Fancy Creek Elusiv through halfway through the stretch and exploded for a narrow upset victory over pacesetter Thisjetsabookin (Josh Sutton) and first-up Jammin Joshua (Tyler Smith), who finished second and third.  Sent off at 9-2 odds, the winner won for the ninth time this year and increased his earnings to $114,394 in 2015.  The 1:51 clocking was within three-fifths of a second of the Sportsmaster gelding's best, a 1:50.2 effort at Scioto Downs in the summer.  Billy Farmer trains Fancy Creek Elusiv for owner Todd Rosenberg. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Chris Page scored a driving triple to reach the coveted 3,000 career triumphs plateau on a rainy Friday night (November 27) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 32-year-old Mt. Vernon, Ohio native had an interest in horses from a young age, largely due to an uncle's pleasure horse hobby. Page's interest deepened when he met racehorse veterinarian Dr. Crum, which eventually lead to a part-time apprenticeship at his practice. Next up was Chris's first lessons in harness racing through trainers he met at the Mt. Vernon fairgrounds. It would have been hard to predict the success the blue-and-white clad driver was about to experience after his first season of racing at Ohio fairs in 2000. The then 17-year-old went 0 for 9 and earned $489 for the year. Determined to make the grade, Page persevered for five more years at the Ohio fairs, winning four or five heats each summer. Then in 2006, at age 22, Chris made it known he was ready for the pari-mutuel wars and burst upon the scene with 85 wins, including some at Lebanon Raceway and Scioto Downs. His career has skyrocketed ever since and seems destined to spiral upwards for the foreseeable future. Page has won dash titles at both Scioto Downs and Colonial Downs in his relatively young career. He won three $200,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship races in 2014 and a pair of $225,000 finals this year. He also has a victory in a $300,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final on his resume. "I finished sixth, beat a dozen lengths, in my favorite race though," Page chuckles. "Like every Ohio-born boy I dreamed from the beginning of being in the Little Brown Jug," he explains, "and trainer Ben Davis gave me that opportunity with Rediscovery in 2014. We drew the 8-hole and didn't make the final, but it was definitely my biggest thrill. I sure hope I get another try someday." Page's 3000th victory came behind Swan's Grace, a three-year-old trotting filly, who beat a field of older and more experienced conditioned horses in 1:56.4. The Jim Arledge Jr. trainee downed Chips (Tyler Smith) and Free Rollin (Ross Leonard) for her sixth lifetime win, upping her earnings to almost $100,000. She was a recent purchase by the Green Acquisition Corp. A pair of Steve Carter-trained pacers gave Page his first two trips to the winner's circle on Friday. Wanna Win copped a $6500 distaff claimer in 1:55.3 over the sloppy track, turning back St Lads Maggie Mae (Randy Tharps) and Carmen O (Ross Leonard). Allthatjazz De Vie beat a good field of top condition-claimers in 1:55.4 with Ponda's Image (Dan Noble) and Burn Time Hanover (Randy Tharps) next to cross the finish line. An $11,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace was the feature event on the program with American Girl (Tyler Smith) copping her second straight win in the top class at Dayton. Buckeye Thea (Josh Sutton) was a fast-closing second with Artistic Fusion (Kayne Kauffman) garnering the show dough. Darla Gaskin and Stanly Rosenblatt own the six-year-old daughter of Art's Chip who now has been the focal point of 28 win pictures and earned close to $600,000. Gregg Keidel

Friday, October 30, 2015, 10:08 PM DAYTON, OH. - Despite being the youngest horse in a full field of Open Mares at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (October 30), Somewhere Sweet also showed why she was the richest harness racing horse in the $12,000 feature race. The sophomore daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, who finished third in the Jugette five weeks ago, driver Chris Page and Somewhere Sweet sat chilly in mid-pack through brisk early fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.4, then swept to the front on the final bend and held off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Electric Dancemove (Jeff Nisonger) to win by open lengths in 1:52.2. Brian Brown trains the talented lass, owned by the Miller's Stable Inc. The winner's share of the purse pushed the winner's 2015 bounty over $200,000 after winning just one race and earning $11,634 at age two. Driver Jason Brewer scored a 'grand slam' on the program, triumphing with four horses all from his father Jeff Brewer's large stable. Medoland Lindeylou copped a $5000 conditioned pace for female pacers in 1:53.1, Forceful Gale captured a $6000 conditioned trot in 1:57.1, State Street Liz won a $5000 distaff pace in 1:53.4, and Flying Crystal won the mares $8000 to $10,000 claiming handicap in 1:53.3. Kayne Kauffman also enjoyed a successful evening by scoring his own four-bagger to strengthen his second place position in the current local driver's dash standings. Kauffman, who recently eclipsed $10 million in career purse earnings, won the opening two races with Winbak Jake for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj in 1:56.1, then steered trainer Vince Gomez's Chantal to a 1:53.2 tally in a $6500 claimer. He capped off his quarter of victories with Artistic Fusion from his own stable in a $7500 top conditioned event; and notching the nightcap with Virgin Girl for conditioner Katie Dircksen. Keep It Sweet (Chris Page) equalled the local track record for four-year-old trotting mares when she scored in 1:55.1 in a $6000 trot. Owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Chris McGuire, Keep It Sweet topped Speed Hanover (Shawn Barker II) and Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman). Racing resumes Saturday night (October 31) with a 12-race Halloween-themed program featuring a $12,000 Open Pace and an $11,500 Open Trot. Gregg Keidel

Two favorites, each steered by their respective harness racing drivers for the very first time, captured two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for older horses and geldings Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Chris Page steered the public's choice Lady's Dude to an easy victory in the $50,000 OSS event for diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   The altered bay 4-year-old son of Victory Sam notched his third win in a row for trainer Ron Burke, as Page guided the gelding to victory with a front-stepping 1:55.1 effort. Rival Rompaway Galaxy was second for Mike Wilder, while Cant Cutthat Chip was third for Jack Dailey.   "I knew that this horse could get a little aggressive, so I did my best to keep him calm in the post parade," Page stressed. "I knew I had the best horse so when the gate sprung I got him to the front as quickly as possible and it worked out great for us." Lady's Dude is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA; and Johnny Yoder of Dundee, OH and upped his career earnings to $236,952 with the win, the 13th of his career. The bay gelding took his career mark of 1:53.2 last season at The Meadows. Lady's Dude is the fifth of eight foals out of the broodmare Lady's Star (by Hi Noon Star) p, 5, 1:56.2F ($181,884), and has half-siblings in: Little Moola p, 4, Q2:03.2 ($38,040); Luddite Bluegrass (by Rocky Balboa) 2, 2:00.3M ($30,000); and Lady's Starlet (by Master Lavec) 3, 2:03f ($11,290).   Driver Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the highly-favored Dancin Yankee--Ohio's Aged Pacer of 2014, 2013 & 2012--as the pair captured the $50,000 OSS Aged Pace Final in 1:51.3.   The 7-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser had captured this same event one year ago in 1:52.1 and pushed his career earnings to $1,372,871 for the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH.   "This horse is just all class," Noble said. "He's got so much back class and is typical of any top horse that a driver is lucky enough to sit behind. He's the consummate professional and there's nothing bad you could ever say about him."   Dancin Yankee now has 46 career victories to his credit, and has grabbed purse checks in 113 of his 132 career starts, with 87 of those being either first, second or third place finishes.   Bred by Elizabeth Wagner, Dancin Yankee was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale, and is the first foal out of his dam. He is a full brother to $107,572-winning mare Cruzin To The Dance p, 3, 1:53.1f, and also has half-sisters in Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($78,146) and Dancin In the Nude p, 2, 1:55.1s ($19,012)--both by Sportswriter. Kimberly Rinker

Seaford, DE --- Unlike most of the young boys growing up in the harness racing industry, Logan Powell never wanted to be a driver. As a child, he knew he liked working with horses but never envisioned himself in the driver’s seat. That all changed when he went his first training mile. It wasn’t the speed or the adrenaline rush that got him hooked though -- it was the challenge of working with the horse. “I like that it’s a team effort,” Powell, 17, said. “You have to work with the horse. He can’t do it all, you have to help him. I can’t do it all, he has to help me.” Powell’s approach to driving appears to be paying off. In his second season of driving in Ohio’s fairs, his UDR sits at .815. From six starts so far this summer, he’s won four and had one second and one third. The Felton, Del., native -- who will be a senior in high school this fall -- is spending the summer in Ohio working for trainer Clarence Foulk. “We have six horses out here,” Powell said. “We’re racing three stakes fillies at the fairs.” Powell grew up watching his father, Sheldon, train horses for Foulk’s son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Trish, in Delaware. Though he helped out in the barn as soon as he was old enough, it was only about two years ago that he developed an interest in training and driving. That first training mile, paired with some encouragement from driver Chris Page during the winter he spent in Delaware, was enough to set Powell on the path to becoming a driver. “When Chris Page came out I trained horses with him,” Powell said. “He kind of talked me into it.” When Powell realized he wanted to sit in the sulky, he turned to the professionals. He studied drivers at his home tracks of Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway but also looked further. “I started paying more attention to what the top drivers were doing at the Meadowlands,” he said. In 2014, his first year of fair driving, Powell's mounts earned $6,265, racking up a record of seven wins and two seconds from 13 starts. After a number of qualifying starts at Rosecroft Raceway this spring, when the school year ended Powell headed back to Ohio for the 2015 season. He made his first start a winning one, steering 3-year-old pacing filly A Lucky Feeling to a 3-1/2 length victory in the first race of the day June 21 at the Circleville Fair. It was a particularly meaningful win for Powell. Though he and the Foulks weren’t aware of it ahead of time, the race was named in honor of longtime friend and horseman Jeff Remy. Remy, who passed away last year, accompanied the Foulks when they first moved east to Delaware. That’s where he first got to know Powell. “I spent a lot of time with him,” Powell said. “It was pretty cool to win the race.” He plans to spend the rest of the summer gaining experience as a driver at the fairs. Though he’s beginning to see the harder parts of driving, especially the pressure that comes from driving other people’s horses, Powell is confident he’ll be making a living in the industry in the future. by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Lord Of Misrule picked a great time to pick up his first victory of the harness racing season by capturing the $20,000 championship final of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series for conditioned pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. As a lukewarm favorite, Lord Of Misrule left alertly from an outside post until driver Chris Page decided to take a tuck into fifth position along the pylons during the :26.3 opening panel. Nearing the half, Page moved into second-over position behind Hotunderthecollar (Dan Noble) who was pressuring front-stepping Crusoe Hanover (Randy Tharps) to the :55.4 halfway station. Hotunderthecollar, the eventual runnerup, managed to get a head in front by the 1:23.4 three-quarter split, but could not hold off Lord Of Misrule in the stretch as the four-year-old winning son of McArdle stopped the clock in 1:52.4 for a triumph slightly over a length. PQ Three (Jeremy Smith) was next best with OK Ferrari (Greg Grismore) and Crusoe Hanover garnering the fourth and fifth place checks. Trainer Ron Burke owns Lord Of Misrule with partners Weaver Bruscemi, JT45 Stable and Lindy Farms. It was just his sixth career victory and pushed his life earnings to $105,730. A race later Special Forces (Dan Noble) joined a long list of Open Pace winners at this meet by topping Astreo's Love (Brad Hanners) and Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) in the $17,050 weekly feature. The 1:51.3 clocking was a seasonal best in ten tries for the six-year-old son of Real Desire and was his 21st trip to a winner's circle in 65 career tries. Brian Brown trains Special Forces for the partnership of Country Club Acres, William Robinson and Mike Mallett. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Miami Valley when the last of nine 'Lebanon Legends' memorial races will be presented, this one the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial for trotters carrying a purse of $18,500. A $17,050 Open Trot is co-featured on the matinee program. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - With several of Miami Valley's top trotters taking Easter Sunday off, Boffin (Chris Page) took full advantage by hopping into the winner's circle following the featured $14,850 Open. The five-year-old son of Donato Hanover enjoyed a perfect pocket trip behind favored Celebrity Hercules (Dan Noble) before easing to the outside in early stretch and coasting to a relatively easy victory over the front-stepper and Boy Meets Girl K (Jason Brewer) in 1:55.2. It was Boffin's fourth win in his last six starts, but first in open company since moving to Ohio in February. Angela Coombs owns the winner who is rapidly approaching the $200,000 earnings plateau. Earlier on the card, Cantab Lindy (Shawn Barker II) edged Deck The Halls (Chris Page) and Kaffir Kemp (Randy Tharps) in a $12,100 top conditions trot. Brent Davis owns and trains the winner who scored in 1:55.1 in just his third start of the year. Also featured was the $10,000 second leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for trotters shy of six pari-mutuel wins or $50,000 at the March 1 nomination deadline. Touchdown AS (Tyler Smith) cemented his spot in the final next Sunday by rallying down the middle of the stretch to a 1:55.3 triumph over Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) and Skates N Plates (Chris Page). Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Some very quick miles highlighted the Saturday night program at Miami Valley Raceway, including a four-year-old track record 1:51.1 clocking by Neat in an $11,000 top conditioned pace. Thebestofjoel and Feel The Heat dueled throughout the mile setting up a perfect trip for pocket-sitting Neat and driver Jeff Nisonger. In just his seventh lifetime win, Neat lowered his own record by over two seconds and eclipsed the Miami Valley standard previously owned by Gold Rocks by three-fifths of a second. The winning son of Art Major is owned by Miller Racing Stable and Dorothy Miller and trained by Ryan Miller. The $18,000 championship leg of the Sovereign Warrior Series for conditioned horses was also presented with Ideal Race (Chris Page) edging Feel N Funk E (Andy Shetler) and ER Zach Attack (Tyler Smith) in 1:53.1. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi own the nine-year-old son of Western Terror who now has 35 wins and almost $840,000 in earnings. Sovereign Warrior was one of the toughest racehorses to come out of southwest Ohio, winning 64 races during the 1970's for trainer-driver Ralph Lunsford. The featured weekly $15,500 Open Handicap Pace also went postward on Saturday with At Press Time (Chris Page), who finished fourth in the final heat of the Little Brown Jug last September, upsetting older adversaries in 1:52.3. Heavily favored Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) coasted through fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:24.3 before just falling short despite a :28 final panel. Gold Rocks (Randy Tharps) was best of the rest in the stellar field. From the press box at Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Shine N Shimmer was stunning Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway, treating the quick five-eighths mile oval as if someone laid a red carpet around it-just for her. It was just the second local race for the seven-year-old daughter of American Ideal and produced the second gate-to-wire victory against the best open class mares competing in southern Ohio. Driver Chris Page took full advantage of drawing the inside post position by exploding off the wings and forcing all rivals to find a seat during a :27.2 opening panel. With no one pressuring on the outside in the scratch-shortened field, Page managed an unexpected respite during the second quarter when the timer flashed :57.4 at the halfway station. The pace quickened from that point home with All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) launching a first-over bid and Carlina Hanover (Tyler Smith) getting a snug pocket journey. When the 1:26 flashed at the three-quarters Page called on his winning mare and she responded with a :28.2 last quarter, despite 10 degree temperatures, to put the 1:54.2 triumph in the books. Shine N Shimmer is trained by Jim Ellison for the Dandy Farms and Howard Taylor. She now has 19 career victories and $321,742 in lifetime earnings. The feature race win was one of four on the night for Chris Page, whose other tallies came with Camphor Hanover (1:56.1), trotter Over And Out (1:58.1) and Rev Me Up (1:54.2). Racing resumes Saturday night with a powerful 14-race card offering $127,500 in purses. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - War Cry Hall made it three in a row in O-Hi-O on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley by capturing the $16,500 Open Trot. Harness racing driver Josh Sutton urged the winner past Mr Web Page (Chris Page) in the final strides despite a sloppy track caused by steady rainfall throughout the day. Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) was a fast-closing third in the feature race. Favored Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) cut fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:29 before tiring in the late going. RBH Ventures Inc owns War Cry Hall, who earned $99,010 in 2014 before returning to Ohio at the beginning of the year. He has visited the Miami Valley winner's circle on three straight occasions, including two Opens. Leading trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the six-year-old son of Cash Hall. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip stepped up to the open ranks for the first time at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night and stepped away with an impressive 1:52.1 win over six worthy rivals, all of whom finished within 1-1/2 lengths of each other at the wire.   The exciting finish should have come as no surprise as the seven horses had combined to win 163 races and well over $2 million in their noteworthy careers.   Dispatched as the odds-on favorite on the merits of a 1:53.2 tally in the top conditioned class last week, driver Kayne Kauffman was hellbent on putting Mykindachip on the front end when the starter's wings folded.   Firstclassallthway (Dan Noble) had similar aspirations, however, resulting in a speedy :26.2 opening panel duel. Once Mykindachip finally cleared he sailed through fractional clockings of :55 and 1:23.1 before holding off a cavalry charge in the stretch to secure the victory on another very cold night in southeast Ohio.   Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) rallied from sixth at the head of the stretch to finish three-quarters of a length behind the winner while Firstclassallthway held on for third. Mykindachip is a six-year-old son of Art's Chip owned by Carl Atley, trained by Dan Dubeansky, and now sports career earnings just a shade under $400,000.   Two divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 male pacers went postward Saturday as well. The winning time in each $10,000 split was an identical 1:53.   Jade Mountain (Kauffman) captured the first division in gate-to-wire fashion, besting Starven Darven (Greg Grismore) by three-quarters of a length with Ally-Con (Noble) garnering the show dough.   Tiza Mojo, shipping in from Chicago, copped the second division for driver Chris Page, holding off Bettor Win (Kauffman) by a half-length with DVCFlyingfrenchman (Brad Irvine) finishing third. Both winners were trained by Jeff Brewer, although Tiza Mojo will have a new conditioner next time out as he was one of four horses claimed out of the two races. The others were Starven Darven, Bettor Win and E R Pacman.   Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 3:00 p.m. post time. Featured will be three $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $20,000 claimers. From Miami Valley Media Department  

DAYTON, OH. - Driver Chris Page, currently second to Josh Sutton in the local driver's standings, won both the $10,000 Open Trot and the $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. In addition, the red-hot 31-year-old reinsman got his picture taken four other times in the winner's circle to garner half of the wins during the 12-race program. Mr. Web Page was Page's mount in the featured trot, using a second-over trip to beat late-closing Touchmymuscles (Dan Noble) and Southwind Nazareth (Brad Hanners) in 1:56.2. Although the winner's seasonal bankroll of $65,938 was the largest in the full field, the public sent him off at 5-1. Trained by Jim Arledge Jr. and owned by the Helping Hands Stables, the win was his first at Dayton in five tries against open company, but the ninth triumph of a very good six-year-old season. Valentino, making his first recent start in open company, was still sent off as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite on the merits of a frontrunning 1:51 score in the top condition class a week ago, the first start for new owner Rockstar Meadows and new trainer Brian Brown. Page sent the seven-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover right to the front and cruised through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before the entire eight-horse field bunched up around the final turn. Lucky Lime (Randy Tharps) rallied from seventh to finish second when the pair crossed the wire together in 1:52.2. Sunday Poker (Tyler Smith) was third. With the victory, Valentino increased his lifetime bounty to $798,632. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Just two days after taking the lead in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway dash standings, Josh Sutton scored triumphs in one-half of the new track's 14 Monday night races to put some distance between himself and his closest competitors, Chris Page and Dan Noble, who took the night off at Dayton. The 32-year-old Sutton, who ranks in the top ten in the national driver's standings, now has 76 wins on the first 41 programs of the inaugural meet. Page has 65 and Noble 61 trips to the Dayton winner's circle. Sutton's victories came with the trotter King Trut (1:59) in the second, Fear The Major (1:57.2) in the fourth, QB Killa (1:53.4) in the fifth, followed by a sweep of the final four races with KR's Cruiser (1:54.4), Mystic Desire (1:53.1), Wisher (1:55.2) and Second Chance (1:55.2). From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

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